Division of Cardiology

Omid Salehian

MSc (Brock), MD (Toronto), FRCPC, FACC, FAHA, FCCS

Associate Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine






Education and Professional Standing

After graduating from University of Toronto medical school in 1997, Dr Salehian completed his Internal Medicine and Cardiology Training at McMaster University.  Subsequently he completed a Clinical/Research Fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease at the University of Toronto (2003-04) and a second Fellowship in Advanced Echocardiography at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (2004-05). He is an associate professor in the Division of Cardiology and is the Director of Advanced Echocardiography Fellowship Program. He is one of the three cardiologists participating in the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology in 2006 and a Fellow of the American Heart Association in 2008. He has published over 80 peer reviewed manuscripts and abstracts. He is a frequent reviewer for American Journal of Cardiology, International Journal of Cardiology, Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Congenital Heart Disease, and Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.

He is actively involved in postgraduate medical training for internal medicine and cardiology residents as well as fellows in echocardiography. He is the recipient of Division of Cardiology’s Ernest Fallen Award for Teaching Excellence in 2007-08 and 2013-14.

Research Interests

Dr Salehian’s research interests are in areas of congenital heart disease, pregnancy and heart disease and echocardiography.

Selected Publications

  1. Roshanov PS, Rochwerg B, Patel A, Salehian O, Duceppe E, Belley-Cote EP, Guyatt GH, Sessler DI, Le Manach Y, Borges FK, Tandon V, Worster A, Thompson A, Koshy M, Devereaux B, Spencer FA, Sanders RD, Sloan EN, Morley EE, Paul J, Raymer KE, Punthakee Z, Devereaux PJ. Withholding versus continuing angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor blockers before noncardiac surgery: An analysis of the Vascular events In noncardiac Surgery patIents cOhort evaluation prospective cohort. Anesthesiology 2017;126:16-27.
  2. Haroun M, Nair V, Salehian O. Circulation Cardiovascular Case Series. Now you see it, now you don’t? Circulation 2015;131:1872-9.
  3. Alazzoni A, Nair V, Valettas N, Salehian O. Circulation Cardiovascular Case Series: A noncompaction reaction. Circulation, 2014:129:2171-8.
  4. McGrath ER, Paikin JS, Motlagh B, Salehian O, Kapral MK, O’Donnell MJ. Transesophageal Echocardiography in Patients with Cryptogenic Ischemic Stroke: A Systematic Review. Am Heart J 2014;168:706-12.
  5. The Vascular events In noncardiac Surgery patIents cOhort evaluatioN (VISION) Investigators. Myocardial Injury after Noncardiac Surgery:  A large, international, prospective cohort study establishing diagnostic criteria, characteristics, predictors, and 30-day outcomes. Anesthesiology 2014; 120:564-78.
  6. Lurati Buse G, Bhandari M, Sancheti P, Rocha S, Winemaker M, Adili A, de Beer J, Tiboni M, Neary JDD, Dunlop V, Gauthier L, Patel A, Robinson A, Rodseth RN, Kolesar R, Farrell J, Crowther M, Tandon V, Magloire P, Dokainish H, Joseph P, Tomlinson CW, Salehian O, Hastings D, Hunt DL, Van Spall H, Cosman TL, Simpson DL, Cowan D, Guyatt G, Alvarado K, Evans WK, Mizera R, Eikelboom J, Cook D, Loeb M, Johnstone J, Kearon C, Sessler DI, VanHelder T, Rao-Melacini P, Worster A, Patil A, McLean R, Macdonald AM, Badzioch R, Devereaux PJ.  A randomized controlled trial of accelerated care versus standard care in patients with a hip fracture: The HIP ATTACK Pilot. CMAJ. 2014;186:E52-E60.
  7. McDonald SD, Ray J, Teo K, Jung H, Salehian O, Yusuf S, Lonn E.  Measures of cardiovascular risk and subclinical atherosclerosis in a cohort of women with of preeclampsia. Atherosclerosis 2013;229: 234-239.
  8. Mazzetti IA, Salehian O, Boutross-Tadross O, Marcaccio M, Demers C. The ace of spades: Reverse Takotsubo cardiomyopathy in the context of recurrent metastatic serotonin-positive neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas. Case Reports in Medicine vol. 2013, Article ID 793193. doi:10.1155/2013/793193.
  9. Ainsworth CD, Salehian O, Nair V, Whitlock RP. Circulation Cardiovascular Case Series. A bloody Mass: Rare cardiac tumor as a cause of symptomatic ventricular arrhythmias. Circulation 2012;126:1923-31.
  10. Greutman M, Tobler D, Sharma NC, Vonder Muhll I, Mebus S, Kaemmerer H, Schuler PK, Deanfield JE, Beauchesne L, Salehian O, Hoffmann A, Golovatyuk V, Oechslin EN, Silversides CK. Cardiac Outcomes in Adults with Supravalve Aortic Stenosis. Eur Heart J  2012;33:2442-50.
  11. Norrad RS, Salehian O. Response to Letter Regarding the Article: Management of Severe Mitral Stenosis During Pregnancy. Circulation, 2012;126:e16.
  12. VISION Investigators. Association between postoperative troponin levels and 30-day mortality among patients undergoing noncardiac surgery.  JAMA 2012;307:2295-2304.
  13. Al-Rahimi J, Salehian O. A Hungry Thrombus. J Am Col Cardiol 2012;59:e29.
  14. RIVAL trial group. Radial versus femoral access for coronary angiography and intervention in patients with acute coronary syndromes (RIVAL): A randomized, parallel group, multicenter trial. Lancet 2011;377:1409-1420.
  15. Norrad RS, Salehian O. Management of Severe Mitral Stenosis in Pregnancy. Circulation 2011;124:2756-60.
  16. Ainsworth CD, Salehian O. Echo-guided pericardiocentesis: Let the Bubbles Show the Way. Circulation 2011;123:e210-11.
  17. Wright D, Salehian O. Brugada type electrocardiographic changes induced by chronic lithium use. Circulation 2010;122:e418-9.
  18. Tobler D, Fernandes SM, Landzberg M, Salehian O, Siu SC, Colman JM, Sermer M, Wald RM, Silversides CK. Pregnancy outcomes in women with transposition of great arteries and arterial switch operation. Am J Cardiol, 2010;106:417-20.
  19. CURRENT-OASIS 7 Investigators. Dose comparison of clopidogrel and aspirin in acute coronary syndromes. N Engl J Med 2010;363:930-942.
  20. Kotchetkov R, Patel A, Salehian O. Ventricular tachycardia in pregnant patients. A report of two cases. Clinical Med: Cardiol Insights 2010;4:39-44.
  21. Schwalm J-D, Ahmad M, Salehian O, Eikelboom JW, Natarajan MK. Warfarin after anterior myocardial infarction in current era of dual antiplatelet therapy: A randomized feasibility trial. J Thromb Thrombolysis 2010;30:127-132.
  22. Silversides CK, Marelli A, Beauchesne L, Dore A, Kiess M, Salehian O, Bradley T, Colman J, Connelly M, Harris L, Khairy P, Mital S, Niwa K, Oechslin E, Poirier N, Schwerzmann M, Taylor D, Vonder Muhll I, Baumgartner H, Benson L, Celermajer D, Greutmann M, Horlick E, Landzberg M, Meijboom F, Mulder B, Warnes C, Webb G, Therrien J. Canadian Cardiovascular Society 2009 Consensus Conference on the management of adults with congenital heart disease: Executive summary. Can J Cardiol 2010;26:143-50.
  23. Silversides CK, Salehian O, Oechslin E, Schwerzmann M, Vonder Muhll I, Khairy P, Horlick E, Landzberg M, Meijboom F, Warnes C, Therrien J. Canadian Cardiovascular Society 2009 Consensus Conference on the management of adults with congenital heart disease: Complex congenital cardiac lesions. Can J Cardiol 2010;26:143-50.
  24. Wright D, Kenny-Scherber C, Montgomery A, Salehian O. Acute Coronary Syndrome in Pregnancy: A Case Report and a Brief Review of Literature. Clinical Med: Cardiol Insights 2009;3:e98-e117.
  25. TIMACS investigators. Early versus delayed invasive intervention in acute coronary syndromes. N Engl J Med, 2009;360:2165-2175.
  26. Schwerzmann M, Salehian O, Harris L, Siu SC, Williams WG, Webb GD, Colman JM, Redington A, Silversides C. Ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death after atrial switch operations for transposition of great arteries. Eur Heart J 2009;30:1873-9.
  27. Sumner G, Salehian O, Yi Q, Healey JS, Mathew J, Al-Merri K, Al-Nemer K, Dagenais G, Stambler BS, Lonn E.  The prognostic significance of bundle branch block in high risk patients. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2009;20:781-7.
  28. Salehian O, Burwash IG, Chan KL, Beauchesne LM. Tissue Doppler echocardiography of the right ventricle predicts functional capacity in patients with repaired tetralogy and Fallot and pulmonary regurgitation. J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2008; 21(4):342-6.
  29. Tsang W, Johansson B, Salehian O, Holm, J, Webb G, Gatzoulis M, Therrien J. Intracardiac thrombus in adults with Fontan circulation. Cardiol in the Young 2007; 17(6): 646-51.
  30. Salehian O, Healey J, Stambler, B, Alnemer K, Almerri K, Grover J, Bata I, Mann J, Matthew J, Dagenais G, Lonn EM. Impact of Ramipril on the incidence of atrial fibrillation in high risk patients. Results of the Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation (HOPE) study. Am Heart J 2007; 154:448-53.
  31. Salehian O, Schwerzmann M, Rambihar S, Silver D, Siu S, Webb G, Liu P. Left ventricular dysfunction and mortality in patients with Eisenmenger syndrome.  Cong Heart Dis 2007; 2:156-64.
  32. Schwerzmann M, Samman, AM,  Salehian O, Holm J, Provost Y, Webb GD, Therrien J, Siu S, Silversides C. Comparison of Echocardiographic and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Assessing Right Ventricular Function in Adults With Repaired Tetralogy of Fallot. Am J Cardiol 2007;99:1593-97.
  33. Salehian O, Chan KL. Future impact of three-dimensional echocardiography in valvular heart disease. Curr Opinions in Cardiol 2005; 20:122-6.
  34. Salehian O, Horlick E, Heberer K, McLaughlin PR, Webb G, Therrien J. Improvement in cardiac form and function after transcatheter closure of secundum atrial septal defects. J Am Coll Cardiol 2005; 45(4):499-504.
  35. Salehian O, Schwerzmann M, Merchant N, Webb G, Siu S, Therrien J. Assessment of systemic right ventricular function in patients with transposition of the great arteries using the myocardial performance index: comparison with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.  Circulation 2004; 110(20):3229-33.